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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jan 20, 2011 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972-05-18 - Damn good

This is one of my favorite Dark Star's,to my ear it is just a masterpiece of the full ensemble improvising as one.The music leading to the first verse is locked and flowing,effortless with each player adding to the mix creating a rich and changing tapestry.After the verse a strong space with flourishes from everyone turns to really pretty music,at about 15:00 things begin to get scary with some deep foreboding Phil licks,hi-pitch squealing from Jer,the music takes on a dense space feel.At about 18:30 things quiet down some to feature some real fine Weir licks->Jer/Weir space picking/strumming->20:30 Keith enters the fray with some truly out there piano,launching the band into some mind melting music.The Morning Dew that follows manages to finish very strongly,which is more than you can say about 99% of them.

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Poster: Zaorish Date: Jan 20, 2011 5:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972-05-18 - Damn good

I agree with you! The Piano Space is one of my favorite parts of this DS. I actually enjoy this DS a lot, even more than the supposedly better May 11th, because it is more melodic.